September 21, 2011
EVENTS Kern County Fair This old-fashioned fair kicks off 12 days of shows, contests, carnival rides, auctions and children's activities. The petting zoo is back by popular demand, and new attractions include a blacksmith show, Wool Riders, Eurobobbies and the Kinect/Xbox Mobile Tour. Through Oct. 2. Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St., Bakersfield. 3-10 p.m. $8. (661) 833-4900; http://www.kerncountyfair.com. BOOKS Calvin Trillin with Kevin Nealon Not many writers have as much range of tone as Trillin.
April 24, 2011 |
Trillin on Texas Calvin Trillin University of Texas Press: 184 pp, $22 Calvin Trillin is a man of principle. He can't stand, for instance, people who talk about themselves in the third person, which made things difficult back in the days of Dole and Dukakis. He once declared that people caught trying to sell macramé should be, themselves, "dyed a natural color. " And of writers, he once said: "There is no progress" — no corporate world to fall back on, no middle management.
December 31, 2006 |
WHEN Alice Trillin died in 2001, the headline over the obituary in the New York Times identified her as "Educator, Author and Muse." Of the three roles, she is best known for the last one -- Alice was the inspiration for the work of author, columnist and veteran New Yorker contributor Calvin Trillin. "When I wrote in the dedication of a book 'For Alice,' I meant it literally," he affirms in "About Alice," which is a kind of belated obit of his own.
December 24, 2006 |
What the literary folks will be talking about: "About Alice." The newest book from prolific New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin is a tribute to his late wife, Alice, whom the author frequently portrayed in his many essays. A book editor here describes it as "lovely and devastating." (Tuesday) What everyone's already been talking about: "Dreamgirls." L.A.
January 8, 2006 |
JOHN GREGORY DUNNE, a modern man of letters, managed careers as a novelist, reporter, essayist and screenwriter. If there's poetry in his trunk or the odd translation from Middle German, it's not mentioned. Dunne, who died in December of 2003, was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1932 into the Irish American upper-middle class, the son of a surgeon. He was raised in the Catholic Church (though later lapsed) and educated at Portsmouth Priory and Princeton (class of 1954).
February 11, 2002 |
It's 11:30 a.m. and Calvin Trillin slides into a booth at the Fog City Diner and orders scotch and water. The waitress asks what kind of scotch he would like. "Any rotgut," he replies, before launching into a typical self-deprecating spiel. "People switched to white wine," he says. "I stuck with scotch. People switched to marijuana. I stuck with scotch. People switched to Perrier. I stuck with scotch. So now people can point to me sodden in the corner and say, 'There's a man of character.'